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A Very Different April Fool's

Posted by: Melissa
March 31, 2011, 09:24 PM

Hey everyone. Every year since 2003 Leaky has taken part in April Fool's celebrations, transforming, in some cases, the entire site: We have been hacked by Peeves, we have discovered the wizarding version of Twitter, we have hired Sybill Trelawney as a disastrous news editor, and we have turned into a Glee-lover's paradise, for just a few examples.

This year will be the first exception in nearly a decade. We don't have any funny to share with you today. Most of the staff is overrun with the rapidly approaching LeakyCon 2011, and it struck us how extraordinarily lucky we are: not only to be putting together a weekend of fun for a good cause, but to live with the luxury of even one full day of pointless silliness.

In the past few months the need for humanitarian response to natural disasters and violent crises seems to be multiplying at a rate that is difficult to comprehend. For most afflicted by these events and conflicts, nothing may seem more distant than a day where jokes are the rule. So, today, we want to encourage our readers to celebrate Fred and George Weasley's birthdays in style, by enjoying every last April Fool's Day joke, and then to consider, when all is said and done, paying back on the extraordinary gift of laughter by donating what you can to the Red Cross for disaster and trauma relief worldwide.

Have a great day, all, and we will see you in April Fool's 2012 for our regularly scheduled tomfoolery.

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730 Points

I’m proud to follow the classiest Harry Potter site on the Internet! Thank you, Leaky staff, for your tireless work for disaster relief causes around the world, and for all you do to make the fandom such an incredible experience for the rest of us. Even Fred and George would approve, I believe. :)

Posted by RavenclawDancer on March 31, 2011, 09:36 PM report to moderator
121 Points

’Ear, ’ear!!!! :)

Posted by JP Gagen on March 31, 2011, 09:51 PM report to moderator
1457 Points

What a wonderful message and idea :) Dumbledore would be proud. Donating to Comic Relief would probably be appropriate too :)

Posted by Flora Lovegood {<3WBM<3} on March 31, 2011, 09:53 PM report to moderator

I agree with RavenclawDancer and Flora Lovegood! Thanks Melissa for all that you do and for such kind and wise words!

Posted by redvolly on March 31, 2011, 10:08 PM report to moderator
47 Points

Funny, Our Harry Potter Club had the same idea for April Fool’s Day.
April Fool’s Charity Ball
Lone Star College-Montgomery
3200 College Park Dr.
Conroe, TX 77384
Wear Wizard Attire!
$12 tickets(proceeds go to charity)

Posted by Besthpfan on March 31, 2011, 10:27 PM report to moderator
84 Points

Very nice idea. I absolutely love it!

Posted by Madira Ulthar on March 31, 2011, 11:30 PM report to moderator
43 Points

I agree w/Ravenclaw Dancer and others — what a joy to be a follower of this site and its admins!

I’m thrilled also, with Besthpfan’s mention of the plans in Conroe, TX — too bad it’s too far from me, but I love the spirit behind such an event, as well.

Truly, HP fans are some of the best people in the world, and for that (amongst many other reasons), I am forever indebted to JKR for bringing so many amazing people together.

Posted by Sherylyn on April 01, 2011, 12:50 AM report to moderator
107 Points

this is a great site and this is why, humatarian efforts right now is much more of a high priority, look maybe next year they will have it back, but this is the right move

Posted by potterball on April 01, 2011, 01:22 AM report to moderator
3158 Points

This is why I love Leaky. Not only do you provide a healthy community for us Harry Potter fans, but you also teach us the value of giving, and the difference between right and wrong. Happy birthday to the amazing twins, and more power to Leaky.

Posted by potternotrotter on April 01, 2011, 01:49 AM report to moderator
948 Points

I absolutely hate what you’re doing…APRIL FOOLS, just joking!
I really, really love this, THANK YOU LEAKY for being so thoughtful, so inspiring and so caring.

Posted by Miss Weasley on April 01, 2011, 04:40 AM report to moderator
8317 Points

Love you,Leaky! :-)

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on April 01, 2011, 04:40 AM report to moderator
545 Points

So much love in this community :)

Posted by Nicci Weasley on April 01, 2011, 04:44 AM report to moderator
1884 Points

I love this. After all these years, Leaky is still the classiest HP site on the internet! <3

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on April 01, 2011, 04:53 AM report to moderator
60 Points

Thank you for bringing good to the world Leaky. It’s amazing how caring you are for the rest of the world, specially those who arn-t as lucky as us!

Posted by S.K.M(ROAR!) on April 01, 2011, 04:54 AM report to moderator
217 Points

love it, great you guys can be so thoughtful, it really is the best site :)
oh and I just got tricked by James Phelps on twitter,

Posted by DavidTheUnready on April 01, 2011, 05:15 AM report to moderator
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